Microsoft lock horns with Oculus Rift and Sony as they enter the virtual reality arena. According to sources Microsoft will reveal their VR units in the summer of 2015 at E3.
According to a leak from Digitimes Microsoft is rumored to be hatching plans to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product at the E3 gaming show in June, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Presumably this will release on the Xbox One and communicate directly or in conjunction with the Kinect system.
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Originally brought to our attention by Oculus Rift in an attempt to completely change the way we play and interact with games, Oculus launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of their first product, the Oculus Rift, a ground-breaking virtual reality headset for immersive gaming on PC.
With the support of top video game companies including Valve, Epic Games and Unity, the Kickstarter was an enormous success, raising over $2.4 million in funding from project backers and supporters around the world.
In a wide-ranging new interview with Fortune, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack says trying the Oculus Rift virtual reality experience "like getting religion on contact." Asked what separates the VR tech of today from VR tech of the past, Carmack says his company's innovations are pushing VR forward in a significant way.
"In the past there were smaller niche companies, research companies, or military projects, and none of them got it right," Carmack said. "Everybody was doing small incremental improvements on the previous formfactor and design, which just wasn't right. And they didn't notice that you can make it something that the mass market could enjoy."
"Oculus really started popularizing a new approach using cellphone screen technology, a wide field of view, and super-low-latency sensor tracking," he went on to say. "It's not crappy stuff that doesn't work and makes everybody sick. When you experience Oculus technology, it's like getting religion on contact. People that try it walk out a believer."
Xbox One Headset
The sources revealed that the Microsoft gaming device's development is handled by Microsoft's hardware team, which is also the one in charge of Surface tablet development.
Microsoft has been open in saying that virtual reality is something the company has been experimenting with for a long time now.
PS4 already have plans for VR
Competitor Sony announced its own virtual reality device, Project Morpheus, during GDC in March 2014, though the company hasn't said when it plans to launch the PlayStation 4 device or what it will cost.
In regard to Microsofts contribution, we have had no comment back but will update you when they do. It is however very likely that this development will be well underway.
Microsoft always aim to be market leaders and with these other two players currently running the VR show Microsoft and Xbox need to get the 'head in the game'.
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